This week we’re talking flags.
Did you know every country has got a specific flag as their national symbol. The first flags were flown in the 18th century to tell others that they own of a piece of land (proclaim a possession) and that they rule over the people and land (sovereignty).
When Neil Armstrong was the first man to reach the moon in 1968, he erected an American flag on the moon. Here a picture of this historic event. Source: NASA.
Sir Edmund Hillary put up the Union Jack when he reached Mount Everest as he went on a UK expedition, even though he was New Zealander.
Red and white are dominant colors in most of the world’s flags.
Most flags contain primary colors, which are red, blue, green and some countries also use yellow or secondary colors. Gold is also used in many flags as the color is associated with the sun and is considered as color of kings as well.
Did you know the Union Jack is made up of this?
Colors can have different meanings in different cultures.
Red: the color of life, blood and passion is always associated with power. Traditionally is associated with Islam and in China with good luck.
Blue: means tranquility and symbolizes the water and the sky which is often associated with infinity and wisdom.
Green: is a symbol of nature and new growth.
Yellow: is in China considered to be the imperial color. Buddhists consider it a color representing humility, but it is also a warning color in many cultures.
Black: Egyptians associate black with rebirth, while most countries associate the dark color with death.
White: the color of purity is in many countries also associated with death. White flags are lifted also as sign to surrender.
Violet: a combination of blue and red is a color used for meditation often, but can also mean bereavement in some cultures.
Pink: is often used as a color to symbolize success.
In Mrs Arber’s class this week we have been completing this sheet about flags. Click here to download it and print it at home.
You can design your own flag online or take our flag quiz by clicking these images below.